This is St Mathias's Day, the thirteenth apostle, who was chosen to replace
Judas Iscariot after the death of Christ.
He was beheaded with an axe and so is the patron saint of carpenters and
According to traditional weather proverbs frost on this day will last for
anything from a month to two weeks.
Also on this day in 1582 Pope Gregory XIII announced that the Roman Catholic
world would convert to using the new Gregorian Calender.
In 1920 Nancy Astor became the first woman MP to sit in the house of commons
and it was on this day that she made her maiden speech; the first woman
ever to do so.